Introduction: The Arab Uprisings and the Rights of Women

  • Drude Dahlerup
  • Hanane Darhour
Part of the Gender and Politics book series (GAP)


This introductory chapter presents and discusses some of the key issues around recent uprisings and developments in the MENA region which created unprecedented possibilities for political openings seen in the emergence of new forms of political mobilization from below. It also reconfigured the regional political landscape and imposed new state–society relations. The chapter further offers an overview over women’s positions in the public sphere in the MENA region seen in a global perspective over recent law reforms and national machineries for women/gender equality. The significant issue of the relation between feminism and Islam, a subject of several chapters of the book, will be introduced. The chapter concludes with a summary of the individual chapters included in the book.


Arab Uprisings Women’s rights Age of uncertainty Political representation Ideological positioning 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Drude Dahlerup
    • 1
    • 2
  • Hanane Darhour
    • 3
  1. 1.Stockholm UniversityStockholmSweden
  2. 2.Institute of Social Sciences and Business, Roskilde UniversityRoskildeDenmark
  3. 3.Faculty of Languages, Arts and Human SciencesIbn Zohr UniversityAit MelloulMorocco

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